The Nave


The word Nave comes from the Latin word navis, meaning "ship", and is thought to come from the similarity between the shape of the roof and the form of a ship's hull. It is the main body of the church and where the congregation sits.

The nave in St Mary's has four arches or bays on the south side and three and a half on the north, the eastern arch dying into the turret on the north west side of the tower.

The Nave looking East

The Nave looking West  

At the east end of the nave there is a fine pointed transitional Norman arch which
opens up into the under-tower.

Nave looking East from the West end